Quirky, theme-based cafes have in recent years been part of the Tokyo landscape, including those featuring cats, young girls sporting sexy fantasy "maid" garb, and even "rakugo" comic storytelling.

In the trendy Omotesando district is one stocked with stationery, ranging from colored pencils to sketchbooks and sticky notes.

Besides serving food and drinks like its rivals, the 60-seat bunbougu cafe (stationery cafe), which opened in a basement last June, also sells stationery items and lets customers use various products for free on the premises.